Lurking among the teachers, sipping stale coffee in the staff lounge, there are some new faces on the staff ID cards. They nervously joke with the older teachers as they discuss their tentative future plans.
They are the intern teachers from California State University East Bay, and they’re working at Logan.
In partnership with Logan High School, CSUEB has agreed to send over students enrolled in the teacher credential program in order to give them in-classroom experience before they’re sent out into the academic setting by themselves. The interns are partnered with more experienced teachers on campus that teach their preferential subjects and are given the option of teaching any available classes, as long as they have proven that they are capable of taking such a responsible.
Michael Soltau, a new intern this year, teaches US History and American Political Systems with his Master teacher, Steve Henderson, as well as his own Economics class. When asked why he decided to become a teacher, Soltau said, “I always liked the idea. History was always my favorite subject and I couldn’t think of a better job involved with that subject other than teaching.”
Although he has fond memories of his own attendance as a student at Logan, he says that he’s ready for a new environment. “I was a student here, so to spend a career here as well just doesn’t appeal t me. I’m most likely not going to return here next year, but I would love to continue teaching here in the Bay Area,”
Interns are required to teach at least one year with a Master Teacher before continuing on to teach alone.